Is it the dawn of a new era for gaming's iconic power-pellet
muncher, or just a move to protect the IP?
An eagle-eyed NeoGAF
user has spotted a new trademark
that Bandai Namco filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office
yesterday. The filing trademarks the name "Pac-Man Maker" and falls under two
classifications, both of which cover video games.
Video game companies often file trademarks for names and
titles they don't necessarily intend to turn into future products in order to protect
their franchises or keep their options open. During peak Skyrim hysteria Zenimax
trademarked the terms "Dragonborn" and "Fus Ro Dah," while Level-5
has trademarked eyebrow-raising titles such as "Rare Drop Adventurer Note"
and "Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend."
If Pac-Man Maker is a real game, however, it's easy to imagine the
Mario Maker-style possibilities of creating your own level grids, or even
making custom avatars and enemies in the vein of IDARB
Dot Game Heroes. Until Bandai Namco comments on the matter or makes an announcement, we're stuck a waiting game.
We've reached out to Bandai Namco and will update our story
if we receive a response.
[Source: EUIPO via NeoGAF]
Pac-Man and his
associates have shown up on pretty much every platform known to man (plus Google
Maps for good measure), but the ability to put your own touch on the action
would certainly be an interesting wrinkle. Hopefully it turns out to be more than
just trademark shenanigans.
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